In the National Football League (NFL), the Super Bowl is only days away. The big game is scheduled for this Sunday, February 3, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will represent the National Football Conference (NFC) in the Super Bowl and the New England Patriots will represent the American Football Conference (AFC). This Super Bowl will be the fifty third matchup in the history of the NFL, and it will be held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. These two teams will have their chance to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the highest honor in football. This wasn’t an easy task for either team as both conference championship games went into overtime. In the AFC championship game, the Patriots beat the Chiefs for the second time this season in a 37-31 game. They were able to hold on for the win even as the Chiefs made a strong comeback late in the game, but in the end, the Patriots were led by Tom Brady in a game winning drive. In the NFC championship game, the Rams had to fight back from a 13-0 deficit to force the game into overtime. During overtime, the Rams defense came up with an big interception and a game winning, 57-yard field goal, to win 26-23.
The New England Patriots finished their season 11-5, continuing their Super Bowl success having been there nine times since 2000. The Patriots won five of those Super Bowls, and only loss to the New York Giants (twice) and the Philadelphia Eagles last year. During the Super Bowl run this year, the Patriots have been led by offensive stars Tom Brady who this season became the NFL’s all time leader in touchdown passes, passing yards, and total yards in the regular season and playoffs combined. He finished the season with 4,355 passing yards and 31 total touchdowns. Also led by defensive star Stephon Gilmore who ended the season with 45 total tackles, two interception, and lead the NFL with 18 pass deflections. If the Patriots can beat out the Rams in the Super Bowl, their organization will be tied with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins ever.
The Rams are a powerhouse football team finishing with a 13-3 record. This is only their second year after moving back to Los Angeles after being in St. Louis, Missouri for 20 years. They were led by star Jared Goff finished the season with 4,688 passing yards and 34 total touchdowns. Star running back Todd Gurley had 1,251 rushing yards, 580 receiving yards, and a total of 21 touchdowns. On defense, the Rams stars are Cory Littleton who ended with 125 total tackles and four sacks, and Aaron Donald who had 69 total tackles and tied the record for seventh for most sacks in one season with 20.5. For the Rams it’s not only the players, but they have a great young coach in Sean McVay who at 32 years old officially became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a playoff game. If they can pull out a win against the Patriots, he will be the youngest coach to ever win the Super Bowl. The Rams will be looking for their first Super Bowl win since 2000.
The Super Bowl is one of the most televised games for many reasons such as the commercials and the halftime show performance. Most people will tune in to watch for this year’s funniest commercials during the Super Bowl. The main reason people watch other than the actual game is for the Super Bowl performers. This year, the halftime show will be performed by Maroon 5 with Atlanta natives Travis Scott and Big Boi, though they weren’t the first options, as five different stars declined the offer before them. Adele, Jay-Z, Rihanna, P!nk, and Cardi B all turned down the offer to perform in reaction to the NFL’s negative response to the Colin Kaepernick protests that occurred in 2017. Kaepernick took a kneel during the National Anthem because of all the violence going on between the police officers and the black community. Many NFL teams imposed rules that forced players to stand during the National Anthem.
Be sure to tune in to CBS this Sunday at 6:30pm in order to find out which team walks away with Super Bowl LIII championship rings.